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equinox55

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Ok I am new to building computers but have taken many apart i know where stuff goes somewhat i just need help on picking the parts out. (best brands ect) This computer will run windows vista home or ultimate, I want this computer to last for a while. The specs are based on Vista's requirements
so i need help with this :
1. Case must have frontal usb(4 or more), Ethernet, mic and head phone inputs, a card reader would be nice but not necessary, and a window for lights
2. Mother board - needs to be 1 ghz or better, what brand and what kind, do they come with a cpu
3. Cpu if not with motherboard (heat sink on here)
4. Ram i want at least 3 gigs but what kind
5. Hard drive - dose not have to be supper big but lets aim for a 300 gig one
6. Dvd drive with light scripe, multi use one is fine
7. Power supply how big
8. On board video should be fine, same with on board sound
So what would you recamend
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Titan8990

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A budget would be helpfull. You can check out Newegg or Tigerdirect.

CPUs and motherboards do come in combos but I don't like them because it restricts your options. You will be looking at 400-500w power supply. Antec, Coolermaster, and Thermaltake are some good brands to have a look at. As far as RAM goes your going to need to make sure it is compatable with your board selection. Most likely you will want DDR2 667mhz. Some good brands are corsair, kingston, and crucial.
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Thanks for the repply the budget is liek 600 to 800 or less
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After fianls exams are doen i will make a barebone set up and that so i will be checking this often
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For that kind of budjet you will probably want to look into AMD X2 series or possibly the Intel Allendale core processors (4300, 4400).
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4. Ram i want at least 3 gigs but what kind

Why do you want 3 gigs or RAM? My guess is that's going to eat into your budget alot.

I just played around with the tiger direct website, that was fun, I was just a bit bored. Have a look at these specs and see what you think :blink:

Here is what I came up with:

EDIT motherboard: $89.99
http://www.tigerdire...e...&CatId=1533

EDIT CPU: $182.99
http://www.tigerdire...e...&CatId=2396

Case w/ PSU: $39.99
http://www.tigerdire...p;Sku=TC3J-4050

EDIT RAM: $79.99
http://www.tigerdire...e...&CatId=2366

HDD: $79.99
http://www.tigerdire...e...5&CatId=139

DVD Optical: $44.99
http://www.tigerdire...e...39&CatId=89

Card Reader: $15.99
http://www.tigerdire...e...3&CatId=942

TOTAL COST: $533.93 (and then you'll have to include shipping)

EDIT: I upgraded the RAM and the motherboard, and it's still the same price :whistling: Now I'll try the processor...
EDIT2: Upgrade CPU, price went up from $505.93

Is this supposed to include a version of Vista? It's $119.99 from Tiger Direct:
http://www.tigerdire...mp;Sku=M17-7412

This takes you up to $653.92

What about a keyboard/mouse/monitor?

Now I'm just waiting for Titan or James to pull it apart and tell me what they think... Probably needs a more decent PSU, right?

Edited by ruthandtroy, 21 June 2007 - 08:24 PM.

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Definatly a better PSU. I bought a case and power supply combo that costed about that much. The PSU was almost guaranteed to fry a board. I would go with this:http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817153052.

I have an Intel board but I don't like it. They are reliable boards but they have a very limited BIOS. If you ever plan on overclocking you won't be doing it with an Intel board. It may be a good choice for you though. You will probably also want to go with the e4400 http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115014.

Other than that the build looks good.

Edit: Was just reading the reviews on that case/psu combo:

My power supply on this blew out 5 minutes after turning it on. (the button on the power supply got stuck on On.... go figure)

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Edited by Titan8990, 21 June 2007 - 08:58 PM.

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thanks for that i will fcheck it all out after final exams are doen
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Okay, Titan's power supply recommendation: $59.99
http://www.tigerdire...e...&CatId=1079

And then we'll look at a different case, some bad reviews alright!!! $14.97
http://www.tigerdire...sp?EdpNo=186334

Updated price: $568.90
w/ Vista: $688.89

Or with Titan's E4400 CPU recommendation: $540.90
w/ Vista: $660.89

p.s. Good luck with your final exams! :whistling:
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If you are willing to spend a bit more for the case you should look into Coolermasters.
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Yes, I was looking at this case first: $49.99
http://www.tigerdire...e...&CatId=1842

EDIT: anyway, I was just a bit bored so I had some fun with it... Maybe we should wait till exams are done and equinox55 checks things out and comments, eh??!!
DOUBLE EDIT: This one is $39.99
http://www.tigerdire...e...&CatId=1842

Edited by ruthandtroy, 21 June 2007 - 11:47 PM.

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